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Daniel M. Steffenson

Visiting Professor of Chemistry



  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Harvard University, Cambridge Mass.
  • A.M. Physical Chemistry, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • A.B. Physical Chemistry, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Paper from research at the Oak Ridge National Lab with Reza Dabestani during 2005-06, in preparation.

"Photophysical and Photochemical Processes of 2-Methyl,2-Ethyl, and 2-tert-Butylanthracenes on Silica Gel. A substituent Effect Study", Reza Dabestani, Joshua Higgins, Daniel Steffenson, Ilia N. Ivanov, and Michael E. Sigman, J. Phys Chem., 2000, 104, 10235-10241.

"Photochemistry of Pyrene on Unactivated and Activated Silica Surfaces, " Celso A. Reyes, Reza Dabestani, Daniel Steffenson, Ilia N. IVanov, and MIchael E. Sigman, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2000, 34, 415-421.

"The Solid-Solution Interface", D. Steffenson, P.W. Linder, and H.A. Elliott, 31st Convention of the South African Chemical Institute, Rhodes University, June 25, 1991.

"What Inorganic Chemistry Should a General Chemistry Student Know?", J. Crump, D. Gaswick, D. Steffenson, 9th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Bozeman, Montana, July 30, 1986.

"Predicting Products of a Chemical Reaction", J. Crump, D. Gaswick, D. Steffenson, 9th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Bozeman, Montana, July 30, 1986.

"An Organic Approach to the Teaching of Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry", J. Crump, D. Gaswick, D. Steffenson, 90th ACS Meeting, Chicago, IL, September 12, 1985 - paper part of a symposium on the teaching of descriptive chemistry which I chaired.

Chemical Structure and Equilibrium, J. Crump, R. Dininny, D. Gaswick, and D. Steffenson, Albion College, 1983. This is a general chemistry text. I wrote about half of it and did much of the editing. It is currently being used in Chemistry 121. A similar book to teach Intro. to Inorganic Chemistry has been drafted and is being used and edited.

"Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules: Part of a Biochemically Oriented Chemistry Major", D.M. Steffenson. This is a paper presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 1982.

"A Laboratory Course in the Philosophy of Science", D.M. Steffenson and N.S. Garvin. This is a paper presented to the GLCA Philosophy Conference, Kalamazoo College, Fall 1982. A book of readings in the Philosophy of Science with accompanying labs is also in preparation for possible national publication.

"The Use of Logarithmic Concentration Diagrams in Introductory College Chemistry, or Why (CaKa)1⁄2.. is not Enough". J.W. Crump, RE. Dininny, D.C. Gaswick, and D.M. Steffenson, paper presented at the Second Chemical Congress of the North American Continent. Fall 1980.

"Nitrogen Specific Gas Chromatography by Combustion/Chemiluminescence and Nitrosamine Decomposition", W.F. Bradford, D.H. Stedman, D.M. Steffenson, and DJ. Patterson, Environmental Protection Agency Report no. R-802419, 1975.

"Optimization of the Operating Parameters of Chemiluminescent Nitric Oxide Detectors", D.M. Steffenson and D.H. Stedman, J. Anal. Chem., 46, (1974), 1704-1709.

"Keller Units for Some Topics in General Chemistry: The Design for a Modular Chemistry Course,: D. Steffenson, J. Crump, and D. Gaswick, "Proceedings of the Symposium on Self-Paced Instruction in Chemistry", B.Z. Shakhashiri, Ed. The Chemical Education Publishing Co., Easton, PA, (1973) p. 17.

"Mass Spectrometric Study of the Reaction Between Active Hydrogen and C12. Detection of Vibrationally Excited H2", D.H. Stedman, D. Steffenson and H. Niki, Chem. Phys. Letters, 1, (1970), 173-74.

"The Photolysis of 2,2,2- Trifluorodiazoethane at Various Wavelengths", with Dr. George Kistiakowsky; Ph.D. thesis and article in second draft for submission to J. Phys. Chem. 1967.

"Activated Cellulose for Solution-Adsorption Chromatography", H.H. Strain, D. Frame, and D.M. Steffenson, J. Analyt. Chem.,.3..5. (1963), 93-95.

Kellogg Science Education Grant - 1988, part of the group that designed the proposal

Pew Science Program - 1987, represented Albion in group that wrote the proposal

Exxon Foundation Grant - creativity, Summer 1985.

Co-author with four Humanities faculty of a proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities for interdisciplinary education, which was funded for $180,000 in the spring of 1973.

"Some Trends in Interdisciplinary Education"; A small study done for the planning committee of the Humanities Society, and Human Resources Grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"The Effect on Enrollments and Staffing of Changes in the Core Curriculum", A report to the Albion faculty for the Long Range Planning Committee; summer 1971.